SC to Centre and UP govt: Provide better facilities at Ram Janma Bhoomi

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to provide better amenities to pilgrims at ‘Ram Janma Bhoomi’ site near the structure, which once stood as Babri Masjid.

A bench consisting Justices AR Dave and Kurian Joseph said, “Let us do something. If possible, do something for the upkeep of the place and provide facilities for visitors.”

Even in the past, while responding to a petition filed by the BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the court had asked the Centre to file its response on facilities for the pilgrims.

According to PTI, Swamy had submitted that pilgrims, who are devotees of Lord Rama, are deprived of even basic facilities like drinking water and toilets and face difficulty due to inadequate arrangements made by both the Centre and UP government.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh said that the Centre would consider the plea made by Swamy.

Swamy had said the status quo order passed by the apex court in 1996 was limited to prohibit building of any structure at the disputed site.

In his application, he had sought an order from the apex court to “ameliorate the lot of millions of Hindu pilgrims who make the pilgrimage to the site of the ‘Ram Janma Bhoomi’ at Ayodhya, to have a ‘darshan’ and perform ‘pooja’.”

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